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The challenge was to photograph 4 models together and still create a fairly harsh, yet flattering fashion lighting scheme. The lighting scheme had to be broad enough to evenly light all four models in a group image, yet functional enough to be useful for singles, doubles, triples and, of course, all 4 models. I chose an 18” beauty dish as my “main” light (backed up further than a “natural” distance to let the inverse square and depth of light laws spread the light more evenly over a greater distance) and a 3X4 foot softbox act as fill light to keep the shadows from going too dark (you create a harsher light source with deeper shadows as you back the light further from the subject). I knew ahead of time that I wanted to convert some of the images to black and white in post-production, so I had to keep that in mind as well while I lit the scene. Here are the two images I converted to black and white. I will add more over time. Learn more about the wonderful complexities of lighting in our specialty workshops. www.hawaiischoolofphotography.com. Models: Joan Dantzig, Naomye Leiza, Mary Apurillo Abes and Maria Catherine Boyd
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Instagram Post: Great image captured by Joan Dantzig a week or so during the Honolulu Festival fireworks. I boosted the contrast and vibrance of the buildings in Photoshop, but the moment and framing was all Joan!
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Instagram post: The key to any lighting assignment is to make the light look natural—especially when you have to create the right light. This image of Tasha Johnson was created on a fairly cloudy day. We created the light with a strobe in a beauty dish, a silver-gold reflector, and a mirror to kick any existing sunlight into her hair. Many thanks to Kaveh, Orlando and of course Marshall for the help and to Susan for the make-up! WOW! 8 years ago! Learn more at our outdoor lighting workshop on April 21, 2018—8-hour seminar! Info here: http://hawaiischoolofphotography.com/clas…/outdoor-lighting/ Book your class here: hawaiischoolofphotography.com/registration/
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Instagram post: Amazing Waikiki sunset tonight. Phone camera underexposed in phone; clarity, vibrance and saturation boosted a little in post.
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Instagram post: We haven’t looked much at night photography. Light is the complete essence of photography. After all, “photography” literally means “to write with light.” We capture the light that reflects off of our subjects. However, night photography gives us the opportunity to make light an actual part of the image. A case in point is the Empire State Building in holiday colors in New York City after a great day with close friends.
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Finally got “the bird” back up in the sky! Joan Dantzig took her first flight as well. Good fun with our great friend Robert Hernandez! Landscape photography is often known for being bright, colorful and peaceful. Sometimes the opposite approach can be very effective. Deep dark and somber skies can create very dramatic photographs.
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I finished an Introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop class on Saturday and I was thinking about the incredible things you can do in PS with layers and layer mask. It reminded of a shoot with Shenri-ann from “back in the day.” I used a “zoom” blur filter on a duplicate layer, created a layer mask, and “painted” the un-blurred Shenri-ann back in. I firmly believe that layers and layer masks are among the most important creative tools in Photoshop.
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I think organized attractions like luaus or staged “cultural” shows get a bad rap. Yes they are designed to entertain and may have some “schlocky” components, but they also teach about the dance and traditions of the area you are visiting. Paradise Cove on Oahu and Villa Escudero in Manila are examples. We enjoyed the costumes, dances and different stories of the various cultures on display.
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At long last I am organizing the images I want to post into mini themes. While I won’t post all of one theme at one time in order to keep some kind of a mix going, I will identify the theme associated with each image. I am often asked how many lights are needed to create stunning images of people. Why not start with one light source? Here is the start of a “one light wonder” mini theme. We’ll add more lights as we go through the year. Raeceen Woolford Miss Hawaii 2009 photographed with a 30”X40” softbox high and slightly camera left with a silver card camera right. Some post-production to emphasize part of her hair.
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I am not sure why Instagram did not share this on FB, but here it is! I was wasting time going through some archives yesterday and found this image. I had the idea years ago of doing a series of images that involved trees with the ocean/water somewhere in the photo. The series never really materialized, but I always liked this image.
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Phone cameras are getting more and more sophisticated. HOWEVER, you still need to know what you want to create and how to make the tool you have in your hand get the job done! This image is straight out of the “camera,” but I did use the exposure slider to underexpose what the phone wanted to give me.
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I thought it was time to repost this image from 2 years ago because Joan and I just returned from frozen tundra called Manhattan. The image was created on another cold day. I chose to highlight the Liberty Tower because she represented the rebirth of the city. The truth is that the city, and her people, never died. No less than 6 total strangers offered us different kinds of assistance over the last few frozen days. Long live New York and people all over who have Aloha in their hearts.

The image was created by making a duplicate layer in Photoshop and applying a black and white filter to the top layer. A “reveal all” layer mask was applied and I used the brush tool with black paint to reveal the underlying color of the tower.
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Snapshot taken at Fort DeRussy Beach while waiting of steak plates for Joan and I. Underexposed a bit in “camera” and the horizon straightened slightly in post, but otherwise it is “as shot.” Begs the question: “Why are we not down here every day?” Reminder once again to LIVE rather than get stuck in the routines of life.
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This is one of my favorite images that Joan created during our trip to El Nido, Palawan, Philippines last year. I love that she got low and close to the rock in the foreground (which made the rock appear larger) and we lowered the exposure values in post-production to create what to me looks like an image from another world.
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Great images are all around us if we just look and sometimes think out of the box. These planks are the window dressing at Shokudo Japanese Restaurant just outside of Waikiki, but Joan turned them into an interesting and dynamic image. Lesson learned: look around!
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Mahalo all for your likes and comments on Joan’s sunrise in Kaua’i image! Let’s stay on the “Garden Isle” for today with this image overlooking the Wailua River. Kaua’i is truly a magical place and we will return with many more posts in the future.
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Kaua’i is our favorite of all of the Hawai’ian Islands, partly because of her serene and almost surreal beauty. Joan was treated to an extra-special vision one morning (I snoozed and I lost!): This incredible sunrise. The image was slightly darkened in post-production, but it is essentially what greeted her that morning.
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I posted a fashion/headshot image yesterday of Tasha Johnson. The image, while beautiful, used a “typical” or “conventional” crop—aka, it showed her whole head. Here are two more images from that same series where I purposely cropped tight (In camera). I think the tight crops add a little more tension and interest to the photographs. What do you think?
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Forgot to share this from Instagram! The decision to crop or not to crop (in camera) is often the difference between a good image and a dramatic image. Conventional wisdom tells us not to crop into our model’s head and this is usually good advice. This image ot Tasha Johnson is beautiful, but tomorrow I will post a cropped image from the same series and let you decide which is more dramatic. (logo cropped out by Instagram. Image copyright Stephen Dantzig) #fromautotoawesome#HawaiiSchoolofPhotography##saynototheautomode#learnphotography#photographylessons#essential#photography#workshops#basiclighting#advancedlighting#composition#oahu#hawaii#honolulu#philippines#kauai#maui#StephenDantzig#PhotoshopLightroomlessons#howtophotographmodels#fashionphotography#beautyphotography#

Traffic is the way of life in Manila Philippines. Here is a guy who is making the best of it and probably making a living for his family! #streetlife#philippines#fromautotoawesome#HawaiiSchoolofPhotography##saynototheautomode#learnphotography#photographylessons#essential#photography#workshops#basiclighting#advancedlighting#composition#oahu#hawaii#honolulu#philippines#kauai#maui#StephenDantzig#PhotoshopLightroomlessons#travelphotography##JoAdventures#pinayamtraveller#landscapephotography

The Tarsier! Amazong little creature found in Southeast Asia. This little guy was photographed at a tarsier reserve in Bohol Philippines. A flash was not an option because it would hurt his eyes, so we had to bump up the ISO in the dark “jungle.” #fromautotoawesome#HawaiiSchoolofPhotography##saynototheautomode#learnphotography#photographylessons#essential#photography#workshops#basiclighting#advancedlighting#composition#oahu#hawaii#honolulu#philippines#kauai#maui#StephenDantzig#PhotoshopLightroomlessons#travelphotography##JoAdventures#pinayamtraveller#landscapephotography

hawaiischoolofphotography–What better image to choose for my first Instagram post! My favorite of all the wedding photos I have taken: my beautuful asawa, Joan! #fromautotoawesome#HawaiiSchoolofPhotography##saynototheautomode#learnphotography#photographylessons#essential#photography#workshops#basiclighting#advancedlighting#composition#oahu#hawaii#honolulu#philippines#kauai#maui#StephenDantzig#PhotoshopLightroomlessons#beautifulasawa#wifey#happyguy#2018

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